don’t leave town without it: crumpled city map

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crumpled maps packaging

It’s tough being a tourist — airport delays, tricky language barriers, and unfamiliar bathroom situations. One thing you don’t have to worry about is wasting precious vacation time trying to fold your map back up perfectly thanks to the Crumpled City Map ($18). Designed by Emanuele Pizzolorusso for Palomar and printed on lightweight, 100% waterproof material, this city guide is meant to be stuffed into back pockets, clutch purses, and backpacks. Bonus: Each map comes with 10 marked “Soulsights” that the Italian designer describes as “places filled with intense emotions that are brought to life by the people passing through or stopping off in them. Visit these places and you will feel like an artist, a poet, a photographer, a director, a lover and a dreamer.” –Katie D.

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want it now: the mod cuckoo clock

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One of my fondest memories of my grandparents’ house is of an old German cuckoo clock that my grandfather especially loved. It was old-fashioned, hand-carved, and every single morning, he would remember to wind that clock before he left for work. I remember sitting underneath it constantly, waiting and waiting for a new hour to strike so I could watch the dancers go around in a circle, and see that little cuckoo pop out of the top.
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Sadly, it’s probably not terribly stylish now to have one of those big, clunky clocks on your wall. But I still love the idea of that little cuckoo – so when I spied this thoroughly modern interpretation of the classic over at CB2, I couldn’t help but covet it. Those clean lines and minimal colors couldn’t be further from the original, but it still makes me smile.

What do you think? Would you hang a cuckoo on your wall? –Becki S.

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post off: what fictional food makes you drool?

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Reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the first time I ever daydreamed about food. I mean, how could you not? Chocolate waterfalls, lickable wallpaper, and everlasting gobstopper- Willy Wonka (with a little help from Roald Dahl) was the master of inventing daydream-worthy confections. Of course Charlie and the Chocolate Factory isn’t the only work of fiction that makes me drool. I’d love to take a stroll through Diagon Alley with a mug of butterbeer in one hand and a handful of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans in the other. At the top of my fictional food list though has to be fruity oaty bars (the commercial gets me every time). How about you, Shelterrific readers? What fictional foods make you drool? –Katie D.

photo courtesy of Flickr user Mackenzie Black.

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anchors aweigh: a nautical decor roundup


Summer memories for me are filled with boats — fishing for trout on Eagle Lake, inner tubing behind our black and red Chris-Craft, the feeling of the breeze whipping through wet hair, the rock of the wake. I crave it often, and though we don’t have a boat of our own with which to cruise our many local bodies of water, we do get to enjoy the occasional ferry ride. And I think, if we can’t afford a sea-worthy craft, perhaps we can bring a touch of that nautical feel in to our home instead. It’s best to go light with these accents, so choose one or two pieces to work in to your decor to avoid looking kitschy. — Megan B.

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Lets start with the walls:
— A vintage paint-by-number like this vintage sailboat paint-by-number from Etsy seller calloohcallay is an inexpensive ($30!) starting point. Pre-framed and ready to hang!
— For a larger-scale impact, I’ve been coveting this Kelp wallpaper by Adam Wallacavage for Curio Wallcoverings.
— A porthole mirror, like this one at Newport Nautical Decor, $73, would be a great way to add light and space to a small, dark room — plus it’s always fun pretend to be in a ship’s cabin!
— In the bathroom or entryway, use some sailing cleats instead of traditional coat hooks to keep everything shipshape!
see even more maritime madness, after the jump!

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happy sun ball: new solar lights from poketo


Since the days are already getting shorter, we need to harness that dog-day summer sun to illuminate our outdoor evening festivities. What better way to do that than with these modern Solar Light Balls from Poketo. Their robotic, futuristic looks and neon hues are a welcome departure from the typical brushed nickel and bronze of those other solar lights. At $35 each, they are a touch pricier than what I’d typically spend, but even just one waterproof light would give high impact and a year-round shot of fun to any yard. Heck, I think they’re cool enough to use indoors, too! — Megan B.

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